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Castroville Artichoke Festival

 This past weekend we attended the Castroville Artichoke Festival.  Legend has it that in 1948 Marylin Monroe was named the artichoke queen.  Pretty cool huh?  I love me a good little festival so B and I decided to check it out on Saturday and cute it was.  We were done in about one hour taking it all in but it was nice to check it off our bucket list ! ;)
 They had cooking demonstrations, craft vendors, old car show and the typical festival flair.

 This area is known for being the "salad bowl" since a huge part of the US recieves their veggies from this part of Cali.  It is beautiful and also eye opening when we drive past the hardworking farmers and migrant workers.
Castroville refers to itself as the Artichoke center of the world, so we could not leave without having a taste of a grilled artichoke.  It was AMAZING. So if you are ever in these neck of the woods, make sure you get yourself some!
What is your favorite veggie?

21 comments

Desert Dreaming said...

That just looked like fun!!! What was the sauce on that grilled artichoke? It looked so good!!! Just love your adventures! It's getting pretty hot here, so most of our traveling around Florida, will be mosting during the late afternoon or early morning.

Have a wonderful week!!

Joni

Mickey (Michel) Johnson said...

what fun! i love sharing your adventures. one of my favs is artichoke dip! yum, yum!!! xo, mickey

Ms. Givens said...

Yum! I love little festivals like that.

Carmi said...

You live in the loveliest part of the world, Laura. We grow tons of tobacco around here: I doubt that's anywhere near as photogenic!

Cindy Whitehead said...

ummm my mouth is watering - artichokes w/mayo are my absolute fav!

simpledaisy said...

That looks like so much fun!! I don't there is a veggie that I don't like!!!

Cynthia@Beach Coast Style said...

looks sooo delicious and that touch of mayo mmmm yummmmy bit must admit I have never had the leafy parts only the hearts It's a vegatable I know little about.

Nadia @ La Vida Aloha said...

looks like something I'd want to do! I'd say my favorite veggie is kale!

Shellbelle said...

The Artichoke Festival is so much fun, I don't think there is any other state that has so many festivals that celebrate food as California does!

My fav is the Strawberry Festival in Oxnard, but the Artichoke Festival in Castroville and Garlic Festival in Gilroy compete for 2nd place!

If I remember correctly, farmers in Watsonville have a strawberry festival in the Monterey area. Watsonville has the BEST berries!

Looks like you're really enjoying your new location and I can't say I blame you!

anita said...

laura, that grill 'choke looks sooo yummy. did you take some fresh produce home?

FanSea said...

I love artichokes! Fun post---I would love to have been there!
I dont think I have a favorite veggie because for me it is all about how they are cooked and combined with other things.
I do love Artichokes, Beets, Snap peas...and I make a mean parsnip puree!
Yun!

Rose West said...

How fun! I did not know that Marilyn Monroe was the artichoke queen - great fun fact!

Sarah B. said...

I LOOOVE artichoke!! You're so lucky you went there!

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Cez said...

just gorgeous....great pictures...i'd like to see this festval!!!! xxx

beachmusicgirl said...

Wow! That sounds wonderful! I LOVE artichokes - especially when they're warm and dipped in butter - oh, and on pizza with alfredo. Your pictures are worth a thousand words - YUM!!

style odyssey said...

oh, yum!! i've never had artichoke grilled like that, but would love it, i'm sure.

i'm into all veggies. i can't pick a favorite.

xo

Blogging About All Things Beachy said...

Love the old architecture - I live in South Florida so so much tends to be new...except art deco in South Beach.
We get some classic in St. Augustine and Palm Beach, but not traditional, older American...

I'm a new follower, too...

Happy Memorial Day Weekend -
Linda (aka beachside cottage)

Desire Empire said...

I love your photography. The greens look great togther. I love artichokes and the cooked one looks delicious.
Have a great weekend
Best Carolyn

Desire Empire said...

I love your photography. The greens look great togther. I love artichokes and the cooked one looks delicious.
Have a great weekend
Best Carolyn

SILVIA said...

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congratulations honey!
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